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12.10.16 CONQUEST ENDURANCE WILL CLOSE SUCCESSFUL FIRST ALMS SEASON AT PETIT LE MANS

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Braselton, Georgia – October 16th, 2012 – This weekend the Conquest Endurance team heads to Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, the season finale of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, with hopes of closing out with a victory what has been a successful rookie season for the team in the ALMS. With two wins and three pole positions this year, the Conquest squad still has the possibility to capture the P2 championship this weekend at the famed 10-hour or 1000-mile event at Road Atlanta.

 

Joining regular drivers Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier Hansson will be the 2011 PC champion Eric Lux, who will jump into the #37 Morgan-Nissan machine as a third driver for this weekend’s endurance event. Lux also took the Rookie of the Year honors in 2011 as he solidified himself as one of the top newcomers in the ALMS. In 2012 he started off his season with a third place finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring in the PC class, before making his P1 debut at Long Beach. He went on to score back-to-back wins in the P1 category at Road America and Baltimore. Lux now joins the Conquest Endurance team and will look to score his first P2 win in the series.

 

The Conquest team has been a part of a fierce season-long championship battle with Level 5 Motorsports, which has turned out to be one of the most exciting and fan-favorite on-track combats at every ALMS event. Heinemeier Hansson and Plowman come into the season finale with a 16-point deficit to the Level 5 drivers. With 30 points awarded for a win, the Conquest squad still has strong mathematical possibilities to take the title and this weekend will focus solely on scoring maximum points.

 

This weekend Conquest Endurance will close out its first ever sports-car racing season after transitioning to the ALMS from a long and successful career in open-wheel racing. The rookie team has scored two victories, three pole positions, and has finished among the top two P2 spots at seven of the season’s nine starts so far.

 

Practice for the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda begins on Wednesday, October 17th. Qualifying will be held on Friday, October 19th and the race starts at 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Saturday the 20th. Live coverage of qualifying and the race can be found on ESPN3.com, while a special two-hour special will televise on ABC-TV at 1 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, October 21st.

 

For more information please visit www.conquestracing.com and www.americanlemans.com. For the latest photos, videos and news, and up to the minute updates please follow Conquest Endurance at twitter.com/conquestracing and www.facebook.com/conquestracing.

 

Eric Lux

Driver

#37 Conquest Endurance / Morgan / Nissan Dunlop

“Throughout the season, I have admired the determination and will to win from Conquest Endurance and their drivers. I am delighted that the team has invited me to join them for Petit Le Mans! This is a crucial race for them as they battle Level 5 Motorsports for the P2 Championship.

Petit Le Mans is a terrific event in motor racing; the history that Road Atlanta and this event share makes it an ideal event for a season finale. Last season I was able to clinch my LMPC Championship at Petit Le Mans; I hope that everyone at Conquest Racing will be able to secure their championship this weekend. I am certain that it will be a great race!”

 

Martin Plowman

Driver

#37 Conquest Endurance / Morgan / Nissan Dunlop

“I’m really looking forward to getting back out on track with Conquest for Petit Le Mans. I’m very happy to be back in the Conquest car to close out what has been a great season for us! Road Atlanta is another new track for me, but it looks like a lot of fun. I’m not concerned about learning another track because ironically my three poles this year have all come at new tracks for me, so I hope I can continue that trend here.

As far as the championship we have nothing to lose this weekend so our goal is simple. To win.”

 

David Heinemeier Hansson

Driver

#37 Conquest Endurance / Morgan / Nissan Dunlop

“This has been quite a year for us, to be able to be competitive and fighting for wins straight away in our rookie season has been quite an accomplishment and it just goes to show the hard work that everybody has put it. Our battle with Level 5 all year has been fun and exciting and I’m definitely looking forward to doing it once more this weekend. Even though we know that it will be tough to win the championship, we still have the chance and we just have to do everything that we can to make that happen.

 

I had the chance to race at Road Atlanta last year in a GT car and its definitely a fun track, but also narrow and challenging. I’m very excited about what it will be like to carve through traffic with our P2 car as we try to go for our third win of the year.”